LIMA — Essie Falls has been styling hair since she was just 11 years-old, so it was only natural that she would one day open a salon of her own.
Still, Falls didn’t always believe she could run her own business. She worked as a stylist for more than 20 years, and even quit doing hair altogether for a few years in between. It was her search for meaningful work – and the ability to work on her own – that led her to open PreciSion Falls Hair Care, located at 307 N. Cole St. in Lima, this spring.
“I just kept praying about it and thinking about it, and I’m like, ‘Okay God, if this is for me then you’re going to make it happen.’ And he made it happen. It was just so surreal,” she said.
“I was like, I need something more,” Falls explained. “I was generating enough business and people love me so much and they encouraged me so much. ‘You can do it. It’s possible. You’re really good at what you do.’”
The salon, which neighbors Jen’s Family Bookstore across the street from Market Place Apartments, opened on April 23, just two months after Falls rented and renovated the storefront.
Falls specializes in hair color treatments, relaxers, perms, facial waxing and men’s haircuts. She hopes at least two more stylists will join her at the salon soon, but there’s room to grow if demand allows.
Falls said she’s even wiling to work with interns and recent beauty school graduates who need additional training, as she’s licensed to teach as well.
The salon is small but welcoming. There are three booths in the main lobby, with shampoo stations and dryers in the back. Falls even has a selection of professional hair products on sale, which she hopes to expand soon.
Her passion for doing hair started at a young age. But it was Falls’ mother who encouraged her to turn her hobby into a career.
“She said, ‘Essie, this will be easy for you. You’ll be able to do it. You’re really good at it anyway. You’re already doing everybody’s hair around the block and neighborhood. Just try it,’” Falls recalls.
Falls is now using her business to encourage her own four children that their goals are attainable.
“Regardless of what walk of life you come from,” she said, “anything is possible with the right group of people.”